This is a health post, and if you are not into that after this horrendous year, I will understand and you can move on.
I think with medical care some of us think Doctors are marvelous geniuses and inciteful and caring. Afterall, we have seem them risking their lives for the past year saving lives in a pandemic.
Yet, our local physicians which run a private office within small practices are pretty much normal people, some with exceptional skills and others counting down the days until they can retire, with most of them in a mediocre middle. Within a rural community this is even more so.
I have written about this dibilitating cough that I started to get over a year ago. It is the kind of dry cough that cannot be muffled and sometimes ends with a gag or at other times a raging sneezing fit and other times weeping eyes. Because I am home 99% of the time, I have not had to leave a room or face embarassment. It would occur even in the evenings when I was sleeping. Some nights I was awakened every two hours. It has been a year since I have had more than 4 hours of continued sleep. My primary sent me to an ENT who had me x-rayed as well as sent a camera through my nasel passage and down my throat. Since she found nothing, she sent me to an allergist. I had already spent over a month tracking what I ate and what I breathed, etc. purchasing a $200 room filter and last spring even leaving my house for a trip for a number of days to see if it was the house and nothing changed in each instance. I have no fever and no loss of appetite.
The allergist ran those two dozen skin test pricks on my inside arm and said I was allergic to a number of things including polllens, but nothing severely. ( I know that I am severly allergic to cat dander!)
He then started me on a nerve medication, something you give to someone who is under stress and needs tranquilzing. No side effects after a month and also no reduction in coughing 8-10 times daily and then through the night. We changed to a second nerve medication and he said that coughs can be VERY hard to find the cause. A month of the second nerve medication and no side effeccts and no reduction in cough. I had to be taken off it gradually as it did make me dizzy and I had a waking dream the day after! He then tried a third medication which did not reduce the cough but the warned side effect of anxiety and temper did kick in and I told him after two weeks, I was no longer taking it as I was getting murderous! We are a fragile chemical factory!
At my most reent visit (four months after my initial visit) he prescribed a blood test (I was too tired to ask what he was looking for although I did ask if it could be a fungus) and also a CT Scan. He called last week and said they did find an infection in the top two sinus cavities by my eyes! I then was put on a 10 day course of antibiotics and a 5 day course of a steroid. I immediately called to explain that I was getting my second Covid Moderna shot in two days and wondered about the wisdom of being on a steriod ... my understanding that it suppressed the immune reaction. He agreed I should only take the antibiotic. I was thinking that ALL doctors should have COVID in the back of their mind with every patient when they are prescribing these days as many patients do not research their meds!
Anyway, I am on my 4th day of the antibiotic and the cough has been cut by about 30% and usually is not so intense. But the cough has not gone away. I got no reaction to my second Covid shot except for a sore arm muscle and what seems to be two days of fatigue. I have taken advantage of this being a test tube to try to nap each day and rest generally by doing nothing this whole weekend as I have not felt super energetic. I MUST do some exercise on Monday. Tonight is take-out unhealthy pizza.
Anyway, I am so tired of being a guinea pig in this process and exhausted as it has been a whole year of this cough. I have my fingers crossed and the doctor recommends taking the sterioids in about 9 days. Wish me luck! As someone who had fought food poisoning while living overseas and dengue fever while overseas on a tropical island...under mediocre medical care, I was unprepared for this.